Creating a Garden

Instead of discussing creativity, or how to approach it – I thought I would track our creative weekend, (which was a spontaneous idea to create a garden). We’ve had a super busy summer, and haven’t spent a lot of time at home, or outside, but thought we’d just do it anyway… make the most of the warm autumn days ahead. We have had herbs and vegetables growing, but no nice space to enjoy so the focus was to tidy up, give the area some shape and add colour. Luckily we had bought a lot of $1 small terracotta pots, cheap…

In the Life: A Day in Photos

I’m going in a slightly different direction this week. We decided to head off on a road trip, so here is my day in photography. We started our trip with a visit to the carwash, (which was much needed). I love going through the wash, always captured by the colours and movement. Then we drove from Auckland to Paeroa, a small town in the Waikato. Paeroa has some super cool antique stores, everything from Victorian era pieces, to shops specialising in retro. Also love stopping into The Refinery, which has amazing food and GREAT COFFEE. From Paeroa we drove to…

Film Lover

Selecting the movement. Careful, careful, as you pick your way, Flickering shadows, Across the face, like Times Square. A common Scene. Hush. We missed the beginning – Settling, absorbing, trying to catch up. Crisps and ice-creams. Wine and chocolate. Then the moment of time unravels, sprawls out next to you. Hugs you, tosses and turns, You are with another. Larger than life. They are you, and you are them. Their eyes. Their mouth. Their momentum. A conflict, a decision, a path is laid out – or is it? Another, another, Then – just in time. Film Lover. This is just…

December Reflection (Part Three – all about Failure)

As stated in the heading, part 3 of this reflection is mainly about the idea of failure. When we reflect and when we create a list of goals, failure is always part of the mix. You may not think about it in that way, but of course with success in anything there is always failure. If you have ever succeeded in something straight away you have actually skipped over the failure part, however, the possibility of it was always there. When I first began studying I was getting low marks even though I was reading everything, doing all the activities,…

December Reflection (Part Two)

This blog is a bit personal, as I’m using examples from my own life, and it is also, a bit of a ramble. Hopefully you will get the idea that I’m still working through reflections of 2019, and thinking about goals for 2020. I really want to set up goals that challenge me, but are also achievable and creative. As you will see below I’ve started working on the issue of my commute, using some of the listing techniques I mentioned in last week’s blog. (My issue is whether to continue with my long journey each day to work, on…

December Reflection: (Part One)

December is a great month to start reflecting on the year. It’s also, in my experience, an extremely busy month, with more pressures on us than usual. There are often a lot of events to attend, work parties, and other end of year activities, plus any holidays or celebrations to participate in. So taking stock and spending some time amongst all this noise is actually very beneficial. For me, it is easy to become very passive in my life, to let the day to day activities drive my life rather than working to have control; this often looks like indecision….

7 days to get Creative

Monday Well, seven days of creativity have started. I wrote a poem today, not a great poem, just a poem. I made the task easier for myself as I decided to write it for someone, so that helped my motivation. It’s for my partner’s mother, as her birthday is coming up, so I will write it in her card. It was a really cute activity, and only took about 15 minutes in my lunch-break – I kinda feel happy about it – more than I expected. Not sure if this excitement is more to do with the whole week, or…

Keeping a Diary

I have decided to try writing a diary for a week and then comment on the progress and how I felt about it. There is a lot of advice on keeping a diary and how they help us in our everyday lives. I have never been great at them and I think it is mostly because I can’t seem to keep consistent with things like this. But I wanted to give it another go and try and gain some perspective on where I can find time for creativity. So here goes: Monday Slept in a bit, fruit and yogurt for…